US Coast Guard Ship Fires 30 Warning Shots at ‘Aggressive’ Iranian Vessels

A US Coast Guard ship fired some 30 warning shots in the Strat of Hormuz after 13 ships belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy sailed menacingly close to it and other US ships in the strait.

The incident reported on Monday is the third time that Iranian vessels have closely approached US ships and the second time that warning shots were fired.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Iranian vessels “were acting very aggressively” when they came within 150 yards of six US military vessels that were escorting the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia through the strait. The US and Iran currently are conducting indirect negotiations as Iran also negotiates with the world powers for a return of both countries to the nuclear deal first signed in 2015.

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